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UPDATE: Fire destroys housing for the elderly in Battle Creek


BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) -- Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a raging fire that devastated the Lakeview Meadows apartment complex last evening.

100 senior citizens were evacuated and about half of them have lost everything they own in the fire, which was fed by oxygen from the tanks of the elderly people who lived there.

The evacuees from yesterday’s fire at Lakeview Meadows have gotten a chance to meet with Red Cross Counselors to seek assistance after dozens lost everything in the devastating fire.

Fire chief Dave Schmaltz says the wreckage of the burned out apartment complex remains off limits, because its not structurally safe.

He held a news conference Tuesday Afternoon, explaining that the first arriving firefighters attacked the blaze, but abandoned the fight when they saw they could not control it and shifted their priorities to getting people out of harms way.

They believe the fire originated on a balcony and worked its way into the attic, and spread to the rest of the building.

There were no injuries.

The Lakeview Baptist Church has started a drive to collect clothing and other household items for the displaced victims. They are asking for bedding, summer clothes, women's nightgowns and robes and cash donations.